July 28, 2012
By Steve Grinczel, Online Columnist
CHICAGO - Three items from the Big Ten Football Media Days Bet You Didn't Know That Department, Michigan State edition.
Andrew Maxwell isn't your prototypical athlete even for a quarterback. At 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, even he admits to looking skinny in a football uniform. But, looks can be misleading.
As a track and field athlete at Midland High School, he was the state runner-up in the high jump with a leap of 6-7, and he could dunk as a freshman basketball player even if he was misguided at times.
"That was my PR by three inches," Maxwell said Friday. "It was at the state meet and here's the thing. We (Maxwell and the eventual state champ) were the only two left and there was some confusion with the rules about where do we go from here?
"I wanted to go to 6-9 because that was the school record. I probably wasn't going to get it because my best up to that point was 6-4, but I said, if by some stroke of luck I do clear 6-9, I'd rather be the school-record-holder. But, they chose to go to 6-8.
Maxwell missed all three of his attempts, and his opponent cleared the height on his third try.
"It was a fun experience," he said.
He didn't enjoy his claim to fame on the hardwood quite as much.
"I used to be a pretty good dunker, but I once dunked on the wrong hoop," Maxwell said. "We were playing Saginaw High, which is where (former MSU basketball star) Draymond Green is from and we were running the inbounds play under our hoop.
"So we set the picks and I catch the ball at the free-throw line. I could have just put it on the ground and taken a layup, but I don't know what I was thinking. I did a drop-step and started going the other way. I said, this is it, I'm going to get my dunk, and I dunked it.
"Then I turned around and everybody's laughing. I went to the ref and said, `That was the wrong hoop, wasn't it?' He said, `Yeah.' That's one I'll never live down."
Mumphery Early Favorite For Doug Weaver Oil Can Award
According to senior linebacker Chris Norman, sophomore wide receiver Keith Mumphery is the funniest guy on the team.
"He a receiver from Dooly, Ga.," Norman said. "I love being around Keith because he always puts a smile on my face. We have an award we give out to the funniest player at the end of the year and I think Keith Mumphery is going to take that award hands down."
When informed that Mumphery, who speaks with a thick Southern drawl, tends to be somewhat reserved during media interviews, Norman was flabbergasted.
"I'm surprised about that because Keith hasn't stopped talking since he showed up at Michigan State," Norman said. "You can't really understand what he's saying, which is maybe why he's funny. I love Keith."
Bullough's Grade School Introduction to Football
Max Bullough knew he wanted to be Michigan State's middle linebacker, in the mold of his father Shane and uncle Chuck, since he started playing football in the third grade.
Things didn't initially go as planned, however.
"I wanted to always be a linebacker just like my dad, but they made me play nose guard because I was a little pudgy," Bullough said. "I always thought that was funny."